October 5, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Speaker: Jens Norskov
Leland T. Edwards Professor in the School of Engineering,
Title: "A Molecular View of Heterogeneous Catalysis"
This lecture will outline a theory of heterogeneous catalysis that allows a detailed understanding of elementary chemical processes at transition metal surfaces and singles out the most important parameters determining catalytic activity and selectivity. It will be shown how scaling relations allow the identification of descriptors of catalytic activity and how they can be used to construct activity and selectivity maps for both thermal and electro-catalytic processes. The maps can be used to define catalyst design rules and examples of their use will be given.